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November 25, 1911

AN UNUSUAL FOREIGN BODY IN THE INTESTINE

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CINCINNATI

JAMA. 1911;LVII(22):1761-1762. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260110261011

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Abstract

The following interesting case is reported, not only as a curiosity, but also as showing to what an extent the human digestive tract can accommodate itself to a large foreign body for so long a time.

In November, 1910, Mrs. H., aged 27, was placed in a private sanatorium, suffering with acute mania, in which she was very destructive, tearing up everything within her reach. The patient afterward told me that the nurse tied her feet with a small piece of rope and that she chewed through it and swallowed it so that the nurse would not know what she did with the rope. She also chewed her gown, bed sheeting and hair and swallowed them.

She left the institution in December, 1910, cured, and did not suffer any inconvenience, having a bowel movement daily, although she states that at times she had a little pain in the pit of

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